After 5 months at sea, Ross Edgley completes swim around Great Britain

After spending 157 days at sea, a 33-year-old man came ashore Sunday and became the first person to swim around the mainland of Great Britain, according to Red Bull, the company that documented his feat. Ross Edgley started the 1,791-mile trek June 1 in Margate, a coastal town in southeast England. On Sunday morning, he … Continue reading “After 5 months at sea, Ross Edgley completes swim around Great Britain”

After spending 157 days at sea, a 33-year-old man came ashore Sunday and became the first person to swim around the mainland of Great Britain, according to Red Bull, the company that documented his feat.

Ross Edgley started the 1,791-mile trek June 1 in Margate, a coastal town in southeast England. On Sunday morning, he returned to the same location and was met by 300 other people who swam the last half mile with him.

Sound on and hear the amazing noise of 300 swimmers ready to guide @RossEdgley back to where he started 157 days ago 🔊

Watch it live at https://t.co/WL7ZeFMEuh 🇬🇧🏊‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/0L7Ye5bMOM

— Red Bull UK (@RedBullUK) November 4, 2018

“I won’t lie, getting a tad emotional now knowing it’s coming to an end,” he posted on Instagram on Friday.

    For past five months, Edgley has endured rough seas, jelly fish stings, sharks and icy waters. He never set foot on land throughout his journey and instead rested on a support boat between his six-hour swims, according to Red Bull. During his breaks, he slept on the boat, fueled his body by eating up to 15,000 calories a day and rolled out his tired muscles – all while documenting his journey for social media.Read More He and the company called his effort The Great British Swim.

    After 157 days at sea, @RossEdgley has just become the first person to swim around the whole of mainland Great Britain 🇬🇧🏊‍♂️

    A truly extraordinary achievement 🎉🏆 pic.twitter.com/JDQXxbGU9O

    — Red Bull UK (@RedBullUK) November 4, 2018

    Edgley faced health issues ranging from chaffing around his neck from his wet suit and “salt mouth.” That condition is caused by the buildup of salt on his tongue, which made pieces of his tongue flake off. But nothing stopped him from completing his race.

    It’s OFFICIAL 😊 Today the #greatbritishswim became recognised at the World’s Longest Staged Sea Swim (without flippers & snorkels). Muchos HAPPY but only a mini celebration, then 900 more miles. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you’ve ever commented, liked or shared CANNOT thank you enough pic.twitter.com/bnfxU61bhJ

    — Ross Edgley (@RossEdgley) August 14, 2018

    In August, his path around Great Britain was recognized as the Longest Staged Sea Swim propelled only by muscle power (no flippers).

      Red Bull documented his journey since the beginning with weekly vlogs posted to their YouTube channel.”It’s my hope that people remember the Great British Swim as an example or experiment in both mental and physical fortitude,” he said in a vlog posted by Red Bull on Thursday.

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